Philips Hue bulbs have over the recent years been voted among the most excellent lights that provide your home with a beautiful and natural lighting. Philips Hue offers a variety of smart lamps, light bulbs, accessories, and fixtures; whether for your kitchen, your living room, your backyard, or your bathroom. We must also appreciate the fact that, like any other devices, things may not work correctly, creating issues here and there.
One of the standard problems with the lights is their insensitivity. You have added the lights, but when it comes to switching them on and off the app declines to connect to the light bulbs.
Fixing Unresponsive Hue Light Bulb
Despite this being a common issue, it can sometimes be very frustrating. There are various reasons as to why this problem might occur. Once you know the reason, it can be quite easy to fix it from there. The bulb might be unresponsive due to a few reasons which could be:
- The bulb switched off at the mains.
- The bulb is too far from your bridge.
- The bulb is too far from other Hue bulbs.
- Wi-Fi interference.
These are the main reasons as to why your Hue light bulb is not responding. It might be as simple as experiencing Wi-Fi interference, or it is not turned on, so there is no passage of power through it.
Troubleshooting Hue Lightbulb Not responding
There are various reasons as to why a Hue Lightbulb may not be responding, as discussed above. Let us now have a look at how these problems can be fixed. The bulb is switched off at the mains- first check at the mains and make sure that the bulb is turned on. When the switch is on, the bulb exhibits a bright white light.
The bulb is too far from your bridge
The fix is to bring the bulb closer to the bridge, or adding another Hue bulb between the first bulb and the bridge. If the bulb is closer to the bridge and cannot be found, the bulb can be added manually by entering the serial number through the Hue app. This can be done through settings then adding there the serial number.mHue creates its wireless network by using Zigbee. Each bulb helps in linking the network, so the more number of bulbs you have the more reliable and better the Hue network.
The bulb is too far from other Hue bulbs
If you have few Hue bulbs in your home and are working fine except for some addition, then it might be too far from other Hue bulbs or the bridge. This is usually common with the new outdoor hue lights where there is a considerable distance between these and other bulbs. The fix for this is to add in another bulb to link them together or to bring one of the bulbs closer to the other to help in bridging the gap in the network.
Your Hue bulbs maybe all close together, working but says unreachable for no reason at all. The leading cause of this could be as a result of your home wireless network interference. It can also be worse if your Wi-Fi router and the bridge are close to each other.
The Hue Bridge using Zigbee to create a wireless network and the home internet Wi-Fi both broadcast on 2.4 GHz. It is because of this that there could be a conflict with each other while using the same channel. The simple fix here is to change the channel that your bridge uses.
- To do this, open your Hue app:
- Go to settings
- Then to Hue bridges
- Then select your bridge by clicking the ‘i’.
- Navigate to ‘ZigBee channel change
- Change the channel and make sure your lights are on while doing this.
There are many channels to choose from. If the first channel doesn’t work, do not hesitate to choose from another channel range.
If you ever come across this issue with your Hue Philip bulb, try the above solutions to solve the problem. With these quick fixes, you will light up your room or space within a few minutes. Have some light and may your room and mood be bright.